Bahrain main opposition bloc could face suspension

Bahrain's Al-Wefaq opposition group leader Sheikh Ali Salman (4th R) attends an anti-government rally in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, on January 24, 2014Bahrain has filed a lawsuit to suspend Al-Wefaq’s activities for three months after the largest Shiite opposition group allegedly violated the kingdom’s law on associations, the official BNA news agency reported Sunday. Political parties are banned in Bahrain, as in other Gulf Arab monarchies, and Al-Wefaq has the status of an association. The ministry of justice said Al-Wefaq must rectify its “illegal status following the annulment of four general assemblies for lack of a quorum and the non-commitment to the public and transparency requirements for holding them,” as per Bahraini regulations, said BNA. The ministry said it “filed the lawsuit following the insistence of Al-Wefaq on breaking the law… as well as its failure to amend violations related to its illegal general assemblies and the consequent invalidity of all its decisions,” BNA reported.

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